Go beneath the sea on Brunel’s steamship

Date Posted: 16/02/2015

Step right below the decks of the ss Great Britain and discover some of Brunel’s engineering secrets.

Groups visiting the iconic steamship this year can now take a tour of its dry dock.

The ss Great Britain lies in the original Great Western Dockyard where she was built.

The dry dock was constructed specifically to build the ship, making it the world’s first purpose-built integrated iron steamship works.

Since the 19th century, the dry dock has undergone a huge transformation.

To keep the air as dry as possible it has been sealed by a huge water-line glass plate, and beneath that the air is kept dry by a giant dehumidification plant.

The air in the dry dock is said to be as arid as that of the Arizona Desert.

To find out more or to book a group visit call the bookings team on 0117-926 0680, or visit the website at ssgreatbritain.org/groups.

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